and whose shepherds mislead them.
Pity the nation whose leaders are liars, whose sages are silenced,
and whose bigots haunt the airwaves.
Pity the nation that raises not its voice,
except to praise conquerors and acclaim the bully as hero
and aims to rule the world with force and by torture.
Pity the nation that knows no other language but its own
and no other culture but its own.
Pity the nation whose breath is money
and sleeps the sleep of the too well fed.
Pity the nation — oh, pity the people who allow their rights to erode
and their freedoms to be washed away.
My country, tears of thee, sweet land of liberty.”
"I think that what we need to do is pretty clear. If one views the current version of the Democratic establishment as a different kind of evil rather than the lesser of two evils, one has to withhold support and votes regardless of the consequences. For me, it will start by not voting for Hillary. Then perhaps it would be worthwhile to organize to challenge the corporate wing."
Jesse's Samoan Attorney
I hear this from quite a few of the professional class, who formerly might have leaned for the more liberal side of the political equation in the recent past. They have become utterly disillusioned with the personal greed and duplicity of the political establishment.
Speaking of which I enjoyed this video interview with Thomas Frank about What Has Gone Wrong with the Democratic Party. I thought it was a brilliant dissection of what has happened with that party, and the liberal establishment in general. The GOP gets plenty of attention with its own problems, which are rather significant.
I normally do not follow party politics all that closely, but one would have to be fairly oblivious not to see the shifting of the bases under the established leadership of both parties in the US. And I believe that this has some analogues in Europe as well, and especially the UK and France.
And the times, they may be a-changin'.
Gold moved lower today WITH the dollar, as the VIX measure of volatility moved to its lows for this year at least, while the SP 500 and the Dow Industrial hit their highs for this year.
Smells like the end of quarter to me.
The Non-Farm Payrolls report will be 'the big thing' on Friday.
A number of people forwarded me a link to that really embarrassingly clumsy video hit piece on gold in the Financial Times Alphaville last week Izabella Kaminska. I wonder if Alphaville is the infomercials section of FT.
It was actually so bad, such a chain of non sequiturs, it was a howler. I have refrained from commenting on it, or the 'serious' blogger who was touting it, because it was not even in the ballpark of serious analysis. I took it as a desperate attempt by those who are holding on to the shortening end of their bullion ropes, marshalling the forces of their minions and courtiers. LOL.
I have included a brief video from Jim Rickards below as an antidote.
But all things in their own time. Let's see what happens. As I have said, I suspect we will be seeing quite a short squeeze on bullion, perhaps around the middle of this year.
Have a pleasant evening.